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The three biggest mistakes starting calligraphers make! | The Three Biggest Mistakes New Calligraphers Make!

by Judith Joosten 24 Apr 2019

As a novice creative with ambition in modern calligraphy, you cannot know everything right away. I completely understand that, because that's exactly how I started. So learn from my mistakes today and read along with the three biggest mistakes starting calligraphers make!

#1: Not spending enough time on the individual letters

I get it. It is so much more fun to immediately write words and nice quotes, but… even with modern calligraphy you will first have to learn to walk before you can run. Just like in the old days with swimming lessons, you start at the shallow end before you can jump into the deep end. If you didn't do all this, you would be hurting yourself all the time - and then you will never learn. (YES it rhymes!)

It is like this. When you still have to worry about how that one letter should be written, you cannot pay attention to the letter that comes AFTER it. Only once you can write all the letters without thinking will you have the space in your head to look ahead - and therefore anticipate how letters connect together to form words.

#2: Working with the wrong materials.

Overly flexible nibs (nibs) that are far too difficult to start with, using the wrong paper which causes ink to 'bleed' very ugly into the structure, DO NOT clean new nibs, these are all missteps that can be made because you simply don't know what you should do! So be sure to read the blog post where I tell you in detail what the best (and my favorite!) calligraphy materials are so that you will simply no longer make mistakes in this area!

#3: Don't invest time and money in good explanations..

Oh, my, goodness. It happens again and again. When I attend a creative fair with Splendith to advise people in the choice of their calligraphy materials, they don't seem to want to accept this from me. Tens of euros are unceremoniously spent on beautiful (and sometimes unnecessary) materials, but a good explanation often falls by the wayside. Reasons like 'but I used to do some calligraphy', 'I'll look something up on the internet' or 'oh well, I'm creative enough' are reasons that I find difficult to talk out of someone's head - but I do look at them with pity ..

I KNOW from experience how much time and energy it takes to learn this on your own. I did it. And I wish I could have taken a workshop or course to avoid having to go through all those hours of frustration. Why I didn't give up in the end is still a mystery to me sometimes. And then I look at these enthusiastic, well-intentioned people who could get success and pleasure from their new hobby so much faster if they followed a workshop or course, but do not see this at the beginning.

Please don't make this mistake yourself if you want to develop your own beautiful calligraphy style. Invest in good explanations. I also said it in my blog about the 5 basic materials every calligrapher needs and I meant it.

The correct writing posture, how to work with a pointed dip pen, how to practice and what the biggest pitfalls are to watch out for; it is valuable knowledge that you can ultimately master in a very short time, if you make smart choices.

For that reason, I started an online modern calligraphy course together with Splendith. For years I have given workshops to hundreds of women (and a few men!) and all this knowledge is now in this manageable and very clear course , especially for you. We have deliberately kept it very affordable for you, because we know how much you, as a starting calligrapher, need this knowledge. Whether it is for a hobby or for a greater ambition.

Do you want to see your calligraphy skills improve in no time? Finally an answer to those questions that (believe me!) everyone faces? Or are you just super excited to get started right? Then start the course with me now!

Would you like a preview? Then watch the trailer of our online course here!

Will I see you soon inside the course doors?

XO, Joyce.

Then download the first one below three pages (ABC) of mine modern calligraphy practice book completely FREE

Claim the first three pages of the exercise book for free here!

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As a novice creative with ambition in modern calligraphy, you cannot know everything right away. I understand that completely, because I started exactly like that. So learn from my mistakes today and read along with the three biggest mistakes start-up calligraphers make!

#1: Spending too little time on the loose letters

I get it. It's so much more fun to immediately write words and fun quotes, but… even with modern calligraphy you will have to learn to walk before you can run. Just like in the past with swimming lessons, you start in the shallow before you can jump into the deep. If you wouldn't do all of this, you would be continuously hurting yourself - and, you will never really learn.

It's like this. The moment you have to worry about how that one letter should be written, you can't give your attention to the letter that comes AFTER. Only once you can write all the letters without thinking do you have the space in your head to look ahead - and thus to anticipate how letters fit together so that they form words.

#2: Working with the wrong materials.

Nibs that are too flexible are way too difficult to start with, using the wrong paper causing ink to 'bleed' very ugly in the structure, NOT cleaning new nibs, these are all mistakes that could've been made because you simply don't know what to do! So be sure to read the blog post where I tell you in detail what The best (and my favorite!) Calligraphy materials are so that you just won't make mistakes in this area!

#3: Don't invest time and money in good explanations..

Oh my goodness. It happens every time. When I go to a creative fair with Splendith to advise people in the choice of their calligraphy materials, they don't seem to want to accept this from me. Dozens of euros are spent unceremoniously on beautiful (and sometimes unnecessary) materials, but a good explanation is often left out. Reasons like 'but I used to do some calligraphy in the past', 'I do some searching on the internet' or 'well, I'm creative enough' are reasons that I can hardly talk out of anyone's mind - but I do check them out with pity..

I KNOW from experience how much time and energy it takes to learn this on your own. I did it. And I wish I could have taken a workshop or course so as not to have to go through all those hours of frustration. Why I didn't give up in the end is still a mystery to me from time to time. And then I look at these still enthusiastic, well-intentioned people who can get success and pleasure from their new hobby so much faster when they would follow a workshop or course, but don't see that at the beginning.

Please don't make this mistake yourself if you would like to develop your own beautiful calligraphy style. Invest in good explanations. I also mentioned it in my blog about the 5 basic materials every calligrapher needs and I meant it.

The correct writing position, how to work with a pointed dip pen, how to practice and what the biggest pitfalls are to watch out for; it is valuable knowledge that you can eventually acquire in a very short time, if you make smart choices.

That's why I started an online modern calligraphy course together with Splendith. For years I have given workshops to hundreds of women (and a few men!) And all this knowledge is now in this manageable and very clear course, especially for you. We have deliberately kept it very affordable for you, because we know how badly you, as a starting calligrapher, need this knowledge. Whether for the hobby or for a greater ambition.

Do you want to see your calligraphy skills improve in no time? Finally answers to those questions that (believe me!) Everyone runs into? Or are you just super excited to get off to a good start? Then the course starts with me now!

Would you like a preview? Then view the trailer of our online course here!

Will I see you soon within the course doors?

XO, Joyce.

Download the first three pages (ABC) of my modern calligraphy exercise book below for FREE

Claim the first three pages of the exercise book here for free!

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